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Cigar Review | Black Star Line Cigar El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown. This cigar retails for $15.99 and comes in a 6 x 54 Toro. The name of the company represents an African-American owned business founded by a firefighter with El Milagro bands nodding to first responders.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Pre-Light

El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown features a Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper with an Ecuadorian binder covering Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The cold draw reveals a flavor of damp earth. Off the wrapper, I pick up a manure and leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

First Light

The first light gives me buttery toast and nutmeg on the draw. The retro-hale offers me cedar and toast. On the finish, white pepper mixes with cedar and caramel toast. Smoke output is voluminous with an easy draw.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find salty cedar with nutmeg and buttery toast. Through the nose, there is light leather pairing with spicy toast. The finish gives me more buttery toast on top of cedar. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Second Third

One hour in, the second third burns down. There is a delicious combo of cedar and leather with melting buttery toast on the draw. On the retro-hale, I get more spicy toast alongside leather. The finish hits me with notes of white pepper and more cedar paired with more buttery toast that occasionally turns to a buttery dill weed. There is no change to strength or body.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Final Third

The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up more salty cedar on top of floral notes and leather. Through the nose, cinnamon comes into play pairing nicely with toast. The finish is delightful with rich flavors of leather, buttery toast, and floral notes. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Thoughts

The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown is an excellent cigar. It delivers big on flavor with a most notable buttery toast element that pairs perfectly with everything else. Construction is top notch – no surprise coming from El Titan de Bronze – and smoke output is plentiful.

The only downside of this cigar is the high price tag. However, I’m inclined to say it feels worth it to me, and the cigar is neutral enough in terms of strength and body to please just about any kind of cigar smoker. I highly recommend it if you can swallow the price.  

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres. This cigar comes in a single size – a 6 x 54 Toro – and retails for $15.99. It features a Mexican San Andres wrapper covering a double Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. El Milagro San Andres is rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Pre-Light

The cold draw offers black licorice and plum flavor. The wrapper produces an earthly chocolate aroma, while I smell more of a chocolate out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up black pepper spice with leather. My nose finds toast and black pepper. There is spicier black pepper on the finish with very light cocoa.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

First Third

Thirty five minutes into smoking, El Milagro San Andres mellows past the first third. The draw offers me very light flavors of black pepper and grassy earth. Through the nose, I pick up hints of burnt marshmallow with smoky almond. The finish consists of black pepper and an unpleasant, sour earth. Strength and body settle in at medium.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Second Third

The second third disappears after an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is a blend of earth and cedar with black pepper. On the retro-hale, things change with light floral notes and earth. The finish gives me more black pepper and earth. Thankfully, the sour element has vanished. Strength and body remain unchanged.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Last Third

An hour and fifty minutes in, this slow-burner sees its final puffs. Light black pepper blends with cedar and underlying citrus on the draw. Through the nose, more floral notes appear with toast. The finish offers grassy earth with citrus carrying through and a distinct fresh green pepper flavor. Strength and body finish out at a steady medium.

Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres

Final Thoughts

The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres is a decent cigar. It starts out with some unpleasant sourness, but flavors improve as it’s smoked. I was hoping for a little more depth and body in this blend. It didn’t blow me away, but it was pleasant enough. I believe this blend would benefit from six months to a year of rest in the humidor.

The big gripe I have with El Milagro San Andres is the price. My reviews are focused mainly on flavors and performance, but price does play a part for most cigar smokers. It’s not the most expensive cigar around, but $15.99 is a lot to pay for what I call an average cigar. If the price doesn’t bother you, or you just want to support a small, lesser-known cigar brand, give it a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon. For this review, I smoke the box-pressed Robusto vitola coming in at 5 1/2 x 54. This cigar features a toothy Cameroon wrapper concealing all Nicaraguan tobaccos. It retails for $5.50.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

On the cold draw, I pick up a sugary sweetness. The wrapper produces a grassy aroma with the same out of the foot. Once lit, I get some toasty cedar. Through the nose, I taste the same with the addition of graham cracker. The finish consists of oak, almond, and black pepper

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I find nutty cedar and toast on the draw. Through the nose, spicy toast notes coat my palate. The finish consists of light cinnamon and pencil lead. Strength and body settle in at medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The second third ends at forty-five minutes. The draw gives me light nutty cedar. On the retro-hale, there is a much sweeter toast. I see no change to the finish. Strength and body drop slightly to mild-to-medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The final third burns away at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, nutty cedar remains consistent. Light black pepper and toast come through the nose. A nice caramel and cinnamon combo make for a tasty finish. Strength and body finish out at medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon is a good cigar. It’s relatively simple and offers minimal complexity, but flavors are enjoyable enough. Construction is spot on as always with AJ. The selling point for this cigar is the price. You can buy two of these for the price of many single cigars on the market of equal quality. The value can’t be dismissed, and for that reason, I recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec Bradley Magic Toast in the Robusto size. This 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.95 and sports an extremely dark wrapper leaf from Honduras. Inside, there are both Nicaraguan and Honduran binders as well as fillers from both of those same countries.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The cold draw is snug with a mossy flavor. The wrapper produces a rich dark cocoa aroma, while I smell chocolate and strawberry out of the foot. The first light hits me with buttery cedar and black pepper. Through the nose, spice kicks up with red pepper and more cedar. The finish gives me cocoa and cinnamon.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick up cocoa and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, dried fruit blends with walnut and floral notes. The finish offers up some dark chocolate with raspberry and clove. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The second third brings me to one hour. I find more black pepper on the draw with the addition of vegetal earth. The retro-hale consists of buttery toast and more floral notes. The finish is delightful with sweet chocolate and marshmallow flavors reminiscent of hot cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The final third ends at one hour and thirty minutes. Black pepper and black licorice mix well on the draw. I see no change of flavors through the nose. The finish displays smoky cedar and black pepper. Nearly all elements of sweetness drop off in this final third. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The Alec Bradley Magic Toast is an excellent cigar. It offers a ton of complexity with many dark, dessert-like flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect with ash stacking like quarters. To top it off, the price is extremely competitive at just a hair under $9. This is one of the best Alec Bradley cigars to date, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas. This little cigar is a 4 x 52 short pyramid featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro wrapper and Brazilian Mata Fina binder. The fillers consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos originating from the trimmings of the Liga Privada No. 9 and T52. The cigar retails for $6.25 and comes packed in boxes of 50 for $325.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a mix of cocoa and leather. Through the nose, I find some mild cedar flavor. The finish offers lingering black pepper spice with a hint of cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third ends at fifty minutes. The draw displays the same flavors with some added pep. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar with the addition of black pepper. The finish is delicious with a hearty blend of bold cocoa, black pepper, and espresso. Strength and body jump slightly to medium-to-full.

The final third wisps away around one hour and fifteen minutes. I see no change to the flavors on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cinnamon spice up my sinuses. The finish gives me bombs of black pepper and dark cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas – what a mouthful – is a solid small cigar. Complexity is on the low end, but the flavors I picked up on this cigar were excellent. Construction is spot on, and it even burns slower than expected. If you enjoy any of the Liga Privada line of cigars, you will enjoy this. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s certainly a tasty little smoke with a good price point. I highly recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Patina Habano

Patina cigars are made at Mombacho Cigars S.A.’s Casa Favilli factory in Nicaragua. Creator and owner of the Patina brand Mo Maali, is also the National Sales Manager for the Mombacho brand. The Patina cigars are also the first time Casa Favilli used tobaccos from outside of Nicaragua.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers.

The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers. Also, they come packed in 16ct boxes, commemorating the number of steps on the stairway at Casa Favilli.

“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho’s visions and values were very similar…We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.”

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper. And again, I cannot find a seam here! absolutely Stunning!!!

The Aroma coming from the wrapper smells like chocolate covered socks, but socks right after you take your shoes off. To any new readers, don’t fret, these are good aromas in cigar language, LOL! The foot gives off chocolate covered nuts, wood and musky soil. The cold draw was medium firm with tones of hay, tea and wood. A far cry from the rich potent aromas on the wrapper and foot.

This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper.

First Third: How You Doin’!!!

Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m in love…I think. I’m immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I’m experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano, with a perfect draw and an admirable cloud output. The smoke is not as thick as it feels but it is raging off of the foot.

Later on in the 1st third, I notice a slight metallic mineral flavor that isn’t off putting in this case because it’s balanced by the initial flavors. Also, there is a refreshing cream flavor floating around on the palate as well as the retrohale. I couldn’t have scripted a better introduction to a cigar.

I'm immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I'm experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano,

Second Third: Habano Love

Just as I thought the spice factor had warn out it’s welcome, it came charging back at my palate and nostrils in the form of a black and white pepper grenade. A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances. I guess it’s also fair to say that the strength has reached full because I’m getting a head buzz!

A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances.

Final Third: Best Blind Date Ever.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it. we’re at a smooth level of bonding at this point. However, I am still getting satisfying blasts of dried fruit and citrus in the nose. Before I reached nub territory, I clipped the head again to open the cigar back up a bit. I guess drooling over your cigar from sheer bliss will inevitably cause a little tar build up, LOL! This alleviated any bitterness from ruining our night together. I Put the cigar down in the ash tray for the final time with semi sweet creamy cedar coating my palate.

Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it.

I can’t help but to reiterate how beautfully made this cigar is. It’s quite possible that I stared at it for at least 20min, admiring it’s craftsmanship. After thinking, I realize that Casa Favilli only puts out works of art, considering the Mombacho line. I’m on the verge of diving into both brands as I’ve sampled 1 from each, including this one. But, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the experience!

I’d like to give a special S/O to my Brothers Shad Bates from Janus Tobak and Mike aka @EmojiStogies for providing all the Patina and Mombacho cigars in my humidor. I would also like to Thank you guys for taking the time to share another cigar adventure with me.

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Cigar Review | Foundation The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation Cigar Company’s newest offering. The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 is a follow up to the original Tabernacle release. For this review, I smoke the Toro. This 6 x 52 parejo retails for $11.50. It features a Connecticut Havana Seed CT #142 wrapper concealing a Mexican San Andres binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

It should be noted this stick is one of the most perfectly rolled cigars I’ve seen in quite a long time. The silky smooth wrapper produces chocolate and leather while I smell rich tobacco. The cold draw gives me a hint of raisin flavor.

Once lit, there’s an oily earth which I can best describe as olive oil mixed with dirt. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa and marshmallow. The finish hits me with leather and subtle black pepper.

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, cocoa blends with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, there is an exceptionally delicious combo of sweet cocoa and marshmallow almost like a hot chocolate. The finish offers black pepper and leather alongside earth. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

One hour passes, and I see the second third wisp away. There’s more cocoa and black pepper on the tongue with the addition of graham cracker. The retro-hale continues to delight with a transition to more of a Snicker’s bar flavor with nougat, cocoa, and nuttiness. The finish gives me a blend of spicy black pepper, cedar, and black licorice. Strength and body both bump up slightly to medium-to-full.

One hour and forty-five minutes in, the final third finishes. I pick up some cocoa, espresso, and leather on the draw. Through the nose, there is another transition with flavors of cocoa, black pepper, and cinnamon. The finish ramps up with bold black pepper, black licorice, and orange peel. This third brought strength and body to a hefty full.

The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 by Foundation Cigar Co. is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked in a long time. It’s a phenomenal blend that astonishes the palate with a great deal of complexity and dessert-like flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect, and smoke pours off this gem. It’s a must try and multiple-box worthy cigar I highly recommend.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)